Body of a Girl (1918) by Henri Matisse

Body of a Girl - Henri Matisse - 1918

Artwork Information

TitleBody of a Girl
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions35 x 24.5 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Body of a Girl

The artwork titled “Body of a Girl” was crafted by the esteemed artist Henri Matisse in 1918. The medium employed for this creation is oil on canvas, with dimensions measuring 35 by 24.5 centimeters. Artistically, it falls under the Post-Impressionism movement, and it delves into the genre of nude painting (nu). This piece is part of a private collection.

The artwork presents a female figure portrayed in a frontal pose. The composition showcases Matisse’s characteristic use of bold and expressive lines and colors. Matisse has rendered the subject with a degree of abstraction, simplifying anatomical details while still capturing the essence of the human form. Against a backdrop that juxtaposes cool blues and warm earthy tones, the figure stands out with a notable use of color for both skin tones and drapery. The facial features are outlined succinctly, with dark, striking marks defining the eyes, eyebrows, and hair, which give a sense of depth and personality to the depicted figure. The juxtaposition of different hues and the loose, broad brushstrokes imbue the painting with a lively yet introspective ambiance, echoing the Post-Impressionistic intent to convey emotion and personal interpretation rather than realistic depiction.

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